Current / Recent Events
Waco Wild West 100 Bike Tour
HOTARC provides radio communications in support of this annual event sponsored by the Waco Bicycle Club that involves several hundred participants and volunteers. This year's WWW100 is Saturday, October 8, 2016 near Indian Springs Park in downtown Waco, starting at 8:00 am. This day-long event accommodates riders of many abilities with courses of varied lengths: 9 miles, 27 miles, 53 miles, 68 miles, and 103 miles—all of which are supported by rest stops, SAG vehicles, and—radio communications.
This event requires many volunteers in the pace cars and at the many rest stops around the course. Amateur radio operators at the rest stops permit relaying of timely progress information as well as break-downs and injuries, need for supplies, and so forth. APRS trackers sending GPS data back to the trailer allows us to see the movements and current location of significant vehicles, such as the various pace cars and SAG vehicles. In past years—and this year there is some interest—we have included SSTV and even fast-scan TV (honestly, just for the fun of it!). We may also include some Mesh applications this year. Do you want to join the fun and accept the challenge this year?
Although this event is well "planned," there are still plenty of surprises for us every year, and it is an excellent training opportunity for a real disaster that would require radio communications from remote locations—all reporting vital information back to and coordinating with a Net Control. Contact Clint Anderson AE5CA to volunteer to join the fun and help us fill all the necessary assignments.Special Events Archive for past runnings of the WWW100 (aka WWWC).
HOTARC Field Day Archive (including *PSA's)
A collection of info and photos from Field Days gone by...
Special Events Archive
A collection of info and photos from some other special events we've done.
Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge
Materials we have used to help young Scouts earn their Radio merit badge.
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